Jussie Smollett Attack: Persons of Interest Identified

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Smollett, 36, returned to his apartment after getting food and his manager called police from there about 40 minutes later, police said.

Addressing naysayers who doubt he was ever attacked, Smollett went on Good Morning America to talk to Robin Roberts about the an apparent hate crime.

During the interview, Smollett was played a clip of Trump responding to news of the alleged attack on the actor and R&B singer.

Police said Smollett was attacked January 29. After detailing what occurred and hitting back at critics who have questioned the accuracy of his account, Smollett got emotional, confessing his fears that his assailants won't be found.

Police are investigating where the rope may have originated, reports CBS Chicago. "I kept walking and then I heard 'f****t Empire n****r" so I turned around and said, 'The f**k did you just say to me?'" Then it became a thing of, like, how can you doubt that? "It's the truth.' And then it became a thing of, like, 'Oh, it's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth".

The spokesperson insisted that Smollett was not being accused of manipulating his phone records, revealing the actor was being co-operative with the investigation and is still being treated as the victim of a hate crime. Police said at the time that while the video "does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously and wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed".

"We have no reason to think he's not being genuine with us", Johnson said.

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"I want them to see that I fought back", Smollett continued, his voice breaking.

Smollett said his friend and creative director, Frank Gatson, called police for him. In promos for the interview, Smollett is seen crying, and pleads with the public to believe his story of being assaulted by two men who screamed racial slurs, referenced "MAGA country" and wounded Smollett.

Smollett said he was desperate for video footage of his attack to be found.

"I understand how hard it will be to find them, but we got to", he added.

Later on Monday, another Chicago police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, told Chicago's ABC 7, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation, however, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation".

Smollett blasted inaccurate media reports, including that he said his attackers were wearing "MAGA" hats, an acronym for President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. "And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now". "I don't know what to say to that". "And I said 'there's a [expletive] rope around my neck". More importantly, I want to say thank you. He said he fought back and later gave police a description as best as he was able.

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